Alila Villas Uluwatu
What We Love
- Stunning clifftop location, with Indian Ocean views everywhere
- The elegant five-room spa, with half-day and daylong programs
- Authentic cuisine at the Warung (from an open kitchen)
- Personalized service: A butler is assigned to each villa
- All villas have a private pool
- The first resort in Bali built to EarthCheck’s building, planning and design standards
What To Know
- The location is remote; it’s an hour to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife
- The sea here is too rough for swimming, though there are renowned surfing spots nearby
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center with yoga classes
- Some verandas are suspended over shared walkways—very romantic but not entirely private
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along 35 clifftop acres on Bali’s rustic Bukit Peninsula, this resort balances a striking modern style with a commendable environmental commitment. The 84 individual villas feature spacious, uncluttered interiors, private pools and plush outdoor spots, some with panoramic views. In-room amenities run from the expected, like free WiFi and an iPod dock, to aromatic bespoke his-and-hers body products and movie star–worthy sun hats. A butler is assigned to each villa; he or she attends to each guest as much or as little as requested. The staff is so engaging that most guests quickly find themselves reliant. The bamboo-clad spa is a must, with a calming ambience, well-trained therapists, and an extensive menu of creative and restorative treatments. The repeating wood pattern throughout creates a simple but contemporary look that’s sustainable, thanks to renowned Singapore architectural firm WOHA. As for dining, Cire delivers inventive, fruit-filled breakfasts and healthy Western fare like marinated mackerel served with salmon roe vinaigrette and seared king prawns atop black rice risotto, enjoyed in a dining room decorated with 2,500 antique batik stamps. The Warung’s authentic Balinese dishes, like satay lilit and ayam betutu with red rice, are a good choice for sunset nibbles or a full Indonesian feast. And after indulging, it’s off to bed for a night’s rest—with the only sound the croak of geckos under the clear night sky.
In the Area
Head to Seminyak, an hour away, for butter-soft leather bags and python flip-flops at Wrkshp13, Prada-inspired frocks with Balinese prints at Namu (Jalan Petitenget 234X), and some good karma from crystal-infused bling at Anna Michielan. Sate your sweet tooth with homemade raw chocolates and other organic treats at the Bukit outpost of Bali Buddha. The black coral rock and the 11th-century temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu make for a stunning sight, hugging the Bukit cliffs. Locals believe the temple guards the island against evil spirits. Booked through the resort, Alila Journeys can include visits to leading Balinese artists, private kitchen time with the hotel chef and visits to community projects supported by the hotel.
How to Get There
Alila Villas Uluwatu is a highly sophisticated Bali modern design resort ,built on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean.Specially in the evening, the white buildings in the tropical green, illuminated by indirect lighting is breathtakingly beautiful! About dining, Indonesian restaurant "The Warung" was marvelous! Cuisine from Bali, Jawa, West Sumatra etc. were beautifully served and delicious! It was a fantastic resort on a dynamic location.
Grounds - we had an approx 40 minute ride to Alila from the airport. Bali appeared pretty dirty and congested on the way. Alila is in a remote location down long small windy roads. The moment you come to the front gate the atmosphere changes. There is a very large gate with guards, and then a 20 second drive to reception. White modern architecture on a grand scale, long wide corridors, fountains water features all around and an amazing view over an infinity pool to the ocean and horizon. The grounds are very well kept with many polite gardeners tending to them every day. Very relaxing, to the point every time we left the resort we couldn’t wait to get back. The grounds are huge, but everything is a short golf cart ride away. Swimming in the infinity pool and having poolside snacks in the cabanas is a lot of fun. It’s usually very quiet, we never had more than one other couple in that massive pool with us. We didn’t use the gym or library but went inside and they were very well laid out and clean. My wife used the spa in Alila and said she was very happy
Room - We stayed in a one bedroom villa. Despite looking at many online photos and videos beforehand we were still blown away. 300sqm and every corner is well thought out, indoor and outdoor, and was used by us. Our favourite feature would definitely have been the indoor day bed with the large glass door which opens directly over the pool. It was also well kept, clean and modern. It did not feel old, used or out of date in any way. There is always fresh flowers and fresh fruit in the room, and every time it was made up it was clear there was a lot of attention to detail. It made for a very relaxing holiday.
Breakfast and restaurants - The daily breakfast at Cire was among the best we have had. It’s an al a a carte menu, servings are small tapas style so you can try everything, fresh juices, warm bread and pastry baskets, coffee, teas and and smoothies. A great variety of western, Indonesian, savoury, sweet, hot and cold dishes. The best part is that the whole menu changes every single day so you never get bored. The service is great and you overlook the ocean while you eat.
We also ate at Warung and Qila and these were both our good experiences. The chef at Qila was nice to come during breakfast and discuss our dietary requirements prior to our booking that night, and the staff made us an anniversary cake during dinner.
Service - The stand out part of Alila Uluwatu is the exceptional service. Even before going they ask you to fill out a questionnaire to learn what type of pillows etc you like. It feels like every member of staff is there to make your stay as special and as great as possible. Everyone, including the gardeners, greets you with a smile. On day 2 we randomly walked into the spa and the lady we had never met before knew us by name. That evening we ventured out and ended up getting stranded with our bank card swallowed by an ATM. We called the resort and one of the staff (Dodik) rushed out to us on his scooter and stayed with us until everything was sorted. Our butler (Nirma) was particularly exceptional. She always knew our whereabouts, quickly learnt our style. She was somehow always there when we wanted or needed her and pretty quickly we didn’t even need to ask for things, as she already had them sorted. Not a single comment or request went unnoticed or ignored by her, nothing was overlooked, it was amazing. We have stayed at places with butlers before but this was a different experience altogether.
Negatives - Can’t fault the resort at all with any part of our stay.
In a nutshell - The grounds, room, breakfast and especially the service was amazing and blew us both away. We would not typically go to the same place twice but before leaving the resort we were already trying to figure out when we could come back. We have travelled a lot and would have no hesitation in highly recommending this resort. While it may seem expensive, for what you get it represents amazing value for money. I hope they can maintain their exceptional standards for when we return.
If there ever was a property and experience worth the high-end price tag paid, it is the Alila in Uluwatu. Professional pictures that drew us here do not do the experience justice. This property itself is just beautiful with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from just about everywhere. Everywhere we ate was outstanding. In the mornings, the outdoor patio of Cire was the perfect setting for tasty breakfasts. In the evenings, the Quila transforms into a personalized gastronomic experience. Lunch at the Warung was something we talk about still today. The spa was wonderful and my wife took advantage of morning yoga in the Sunset Cabana every chance she got. The gym is clean and very well equipped. Our villa was immaculate with a great pool, cabana, outdoor shower and great toiletries that we hoarded to bring home. Above and beyond all these, the service was beyond anything we have experienced at any other 5 star resort. Everyone on the property is briefed on their guests and you will be greeted by your name by the entire staff whenever you pass them by. Your own personal butler is always available to get you a ride down to reception or bring you any amount of water bottles at any time. Before going to Bali, I thought it would be a one time trip...the Alila changes that and now we long to go back to stay at this resort. Can not recommend the Alila enough.
We are well travelled and used to luxury destinations so to give this review such a title is significant in itself. Thanks to our butler Agus who 'came' with the villa we had a completely seamless holiday. Without being intrusive he was always there ready to assist with anything, whether it was organising spa treatments, surf trips or simple table reservations. He learnt our style quickly and preempted most things in the end. A very pleasant young man who clearly has a bright future in hospitality. I predict he will be GM of a hotel one day. Impeccable in every way. The hotel was built a few years ago and is beautifully designed with the most stunning view you can imagine. It is clearly and understandably a popular wedding destination and it is a draw back to the general tranquility of the place to have wedding parties running around taking pictures all day long. The 'normal' guests were very much outnumbered. The food in the western style restaurant is excellent and the local style restaurant was also good, but we much prefer the former. The table service is excellent and the staff are so kind and helpful with everything. One annoying factor was that the kitchen was extremely slow with desserts at dinner and the wine list is very poor. Would we go back? In a flash and soon again we all hope. Thanks Agus and team Alila for a fabulous time
The road access to this villa was still very basic, let say around 5km before we reach the villa the road was quite narrow for a car but ok. Once we got there, everything was breathtaking... the sea view, the decoration, our villa and also their warm service. All great! If you want to ask for anything, you can just simply use the Samsung tablet that provided by the villa. 24 hours of buggy service, private pool in each room/villa. What a paradise!